Germany Is Closing Half of Its Reactors at Worst Possible Time

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

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Germany is set to close almost half of its nuclear power capacity before the end of the year, putting further strain on European grids already coping with one of the worst energy crunches in the region’s history.

The shutdowns of Grohnde, Gundremmingen C and Brokdorf — part of the country’s nuclear phaseout — will leave just three atomic plants, which will be taken offline by the end of 2022. Beyond the squeeze on supply, the closures remove a key source of low-carbon power in a nation where emissions are on the rise…

The timing could hardly be worse. Power prices are near record levels across Europe, and Germany will need to rely on generation from costly gas and coal for another 20 years or so — before they too are phased out. Keeping the nuclear stations open any longer isn’t an option since that would require hundreds…

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